Here we are on, the 13th anniversary of 9/11, with the drums of war in the Middle East once again sounding. Dick Cheney is welcomed back to conservative Washington, sounding the hawkish alarm. The mainstream conservative movement has learned nothing from the past 13 years.
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I want to update you on two initiatives we’ve just launched at The American Conservative—initiatives that apply, in a fresh way, traditional conservative wisdom and values.
In June, as part of our Peace and Prudence Initiative, we convened a special conference: “The New Internationalism: American Foreign Policy After Afghanistan and Iraq.” C-SPAN covered the conference, and I invite you to watch it—if you haven’t already—at theamericanconservative.com/newinternationalism.
Even as I write, the United States is committing to a long-term military campaign in Iraq and Syria, and neoconservatives are pressing with obvious glee the same case they made with such disastrous results a decade ago.
The American Conservative is shifting the mainstream conversation away from this irresponsible hawkishness toward a new approach that prioritizes realism, prudence, and diplomacy. We’re showing that the U.S. can be secure while respecting American lives and liberties. But we need your help to restore sanity to America’s foreign policy.
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